Reactionary. Very. August 15, 2016Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
It was telling to me reading about the anti-feminist comments of Tory MP Philip Davies to dig a very little deeper and to realise that it was all of a piece with an utterly reactionary view of the world. The proximate cause of the attention given to him was a speech he gave to the J4MB (Justice for Men and Boys) party – and the oddity of his addressing another political party’s conference appears to largely have escaped him. What he said was:
“In this day and age the feminist zealots really do want women to have their cake and eat it,” he told the conference. “They fight for their version of equality on all the things that suit women – but are very quick to point out that women need special protections and treatment on other things.”
J4MB is a curious outfit itself. As the Guardian notes:
[it] is led and was founded by Mike Buchanan, a former business consultant who retired at 52 and launched campaigns such as the Anti-Feminism League and the Campaign for Merit in Business, which actively fights against initiatives to improve gender diversity in the boardroom.
J4MB issues awards for “lying feminist of the month”, “toxic feminist of the month” and “whiny feminist of the month”, and promotes inflammatory articles on its website including a piece titled 13 reasons women lie about being raped.
And then there’s this:
The party pushes for a greater number of male teachers in schools because they claim female teachers habitually award lower grades to boys than to girls.
For more on that phenomenon of girls on occasion achieving better grades – which obviously is different to being given better grades – one can look here. As an aside, got to say, my own experience with teaching alone would suggest that teachers are just happy (male or female) to be able to give out good marks to students of whatever gender.
What’s fascinating is that all the rhetoric of ‘versions of equality’ boils down to this:
Its 80-page 2015 election manifesto suggested women should stop being appointed as senior company directors, that the Equality Act 2010 should be scrapped and that men should claim their pensions before women because they work harder and die younger.
It doesn’t look so great for J4MB to be complaining about inequality while actively seeking to compound it.
Anyhow, this is but a small part of the wonderful world of Davies reaction. The wiki page on him is – ahem – illuminating in that regard. There’s not an issue extant where he doesn’t strike a reactionary or very reactionary stance.